ATLANTA — The Georgia Tech women’s track and field team used a number of All-ACC performances and an ACC title to grab the lead at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships after the first day of competition. The meet is being held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
The Yellow Jackets finished the day with 42.50 points, to claim the lead over defending ACC Champion North Carolina (38 points) and Virginia (34 points). Tech will be looking for its first ACC title in the school’s history on Saturday.
Tech was led in the meet by Mishanta Reyes, who captured her first ACC title in the long jump with a season-best leap of 20-5.75, which is also a NCAA provisional qualifying distance. Reyes also was fifth in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.50 seconds to finish second in her heat.
The Jackets had three other performers earn All-ACC accolades on the meet’s first day, as Jennifer Ledbetter placed third in the high jump with a season-best height of 5-8. Also, sophomore Amy Dock and freshman Renee Metivier finished second and third respectively in the 5000 meters with times of 16:56.86 and 17:05.49. Both times were season-bests in 2001.
Tech had other scorers on the day, including all three of its high jump competitiors. Ledbetter led the group, and was joined by Jaime Ostrov’s fifth-place effort with a jump of 5-6, and Julie Conlon’s height of 5-4.25, which was good for sixth place. Jodie Nettles scored in the pole vault competition, finishing fourth with a height of 11-9.75.
Tech’s final individual scorer on the day was senior Becky Megesi, who placed fifth in the mile with a time of 5:03.48.
In prelim action, tomorrow’s final heats are looking good in the 60 meters and 60-meter hurdles, as Melanie Waits was fourth in the hurdles with a time of 8.68, and Alisha McClinton won her 60-meter dash heat with a time of 7.54 seconds to place fourth overall in the prelims.
The ACC Indoor Championships will conclude tomorrow, Saturday, February 17, with the final day of competition.